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Ordinance Revision Resources

 

DNREC anticipates that FEMA will be updating floodplain maps in Delaware in late 2014. As a result of these floodplain map updates, all communities in Delaware which participate in the National Flood Insurance Program will be required up adopt updated floodplain regulatory language to comply with NFIP requirements.

To assist communities in meeting these requirements, DNREC has developed “model” floodplain ordinances which communities may find easier to adopt, rather than amending existing floodplain regulations. Four model ordinances have been developed, to assist both coastal and non-coastal communities, as well as communities wishing to adopt higher floodplain standards, which DNREC highly recommends as a way to reduce flood damage and lower flood insurance premiums. 

Below are four model ordinances that can be used to comply with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) requirements. Please choose the one that matches the flood zone(s) in your community:

For communities with only Zones AE, AO and/or A.

For communities with only Zones AE, AO and/or A with the Senate Bill 64 Floodplain and Drainage Advisory Committee Recommendations added.

For communities with both Zones AE and VE.

For communities with both Zones AE and Zone VE with the Senate Bill 64 Floodplain and Drainage Advisory Committee Recommendations added.

For communities that have adopted the International Building Codes.

  • Code-Coordinated Version (2009 or 2012 I-Codes)
    To see the flood provisions of the 2009 and 2012 I-Codes, "Highlights of ASCE 24," and other code resources, click here.

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 If you have any problems opening any of the model ordinances, please contact Greg Williams at 302-739-9921 or gregory.williams@state.de.us and you will be sent a copy by email.

 

 

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